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Aug 22, 2015

Teenager Ghebreselassie wins marathon world title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Eritrean teenager Ghirmay Ghebreselassie became the youngest ever marathon world champion when he stunned a strong field of fellow East Africans to win the first title of the Beijing championships on Saturday.

The 19-year-old eased clear of the field over the final six kilometres and crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds to claim a first world championships gold medal for his country.

Aug 22, 2015

Teenager Ghebreselassie wins marathon world title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Eritrean teenager Ghirmay Ghebreselassie became the youngest ever marathon world champion when he stunned a strong field of fellow East Africans to win the first title of the Beijing championships on Saturday.

The 19-year-old eased clear of the field over the final six kilometers and crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds to claim a first world championships gold medal for his country.

Aug 21, 2015

Science will prevail in doping firestorm: WADA chief

BEIJING (Reuters) – Science will ultimately put out the doping firestorm that has engulfed athletics in the run-up to the world championships, Craig Reedie, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said on Friday.

The governing body of athletics, the IAAF, has been in crisis since data from thousands of blood samples was leaked to two media organizations this month.

Aug 21, 2015

Athletics-Science will prevail in doping firestorm – WADA chief

BEIJING, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Science will ultimately put out the doping firestorm that has engulfed athletics in the run-up to the world championships, Craig Reedie, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said on Friday.

The governing body of athletics, the IAAF, has been in crisis since data from thousands of blood samples was leaked to two media organisations this month.

Aug 21, 2015

American Simpson calls on IAAF to clean up doping

BEIJING (Reuters) – American middle distance runner Jenny Simpson is convinced a tough anti-doping regime helped her win the 1,500m world title in 2011 but that drug cheats prevented her from even reaching the final at the London Olympics a year later.

On the eve of the start of the IAAF’s biennial world championship showpiece in Beijing, the 28-year-old called on the governing body of world athletics to bolster efforts to rid the sport of the problem.

Aug 21, 2015

Athletics-American Simpson calls on IAAF to clean up doping

BEIJING, Aug 21 (Reuters) – American middle distance runner Jenny Simpson is convinced a tough anti-doping regime helped her win the 1,500m world title in 2011 but that drug cheats prevented her from even reaching the final at the London Olympics a year later.

On the eve of the start of the IAAF’s biennial world championship showpiece in Beijing, the 28-year-old called on the governing body of world athletics to bolster efforts to rid the sport of the problem.

Aug 20, 2015

Rudisha says still short of his best but competitive

BEIJING (Reuters) – Olympic 800 meters champion David Rudisha knows he is not back in the sort of form where he can control races but still thinks he will be battling it out for gold at the world championships next week.

The 26-year-old Kenyan has run six of the eight fastest times ever over two laps, including the world record of one minute 40.91 seconds he clocked to win gold in one of the highlights of the London Olympics.

Aug 20, 2015

Athletics-Rudisha says still short of his best but competitive

BEIJING, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Olympic 800 metres champion David Rudisha knows he is not back in the sort of form where he can control races but still thinks he will be battling it out for gold at the world championships next week.

The 26-year-old Kenyan has run six of the eight fastest times ever over two laps, including the world record of one minute 40.91 seconds he clocked to win gold in one of the highlights of the London Olympics.

Aug 20, 2015

I can’t save athletics from doping on my own: Bolt

BEIJING (Reuters) – Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt has been saddened by the focus on doping in the run-up to the world championships but said it was up to all clean athletes, not just him, to save the sport.

The governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has spent the three weeks leading up to its showpiece event defending its record on doping after a string of embarrassing leaks.

Aug 20, 2015

Athletics-I can’t save athletics from doping on my own – Bolt

BEIJING, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt has been saddened by the focus on doping in the run-up to the world championships but said it was up to all clean athletes, not just him, to save the sport.

The governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has spent the three weeks leading up to its showpiece event defending its record on doping after a string of embarrassing leaks.

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